Official 3MT® Judging Criteria
Two criterion are used at every level of the competition. Please be aware that each of these criterion are equally weighted.
Criterion 1: Comprehension & Content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Criterion 2: Engagement & Communication
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
Who can be a Judge?
To provide each student with a similar experience, we have selected judges from community and campus leaders including business owners, local elected officials, campus administrators, and more. The judges varying in age, gender, profession and discipline.
Missouri S&T 3MT® Prizes
First Place will receive a plaque and will become eligible to represent Missouri S&T at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annual conference in March 2021. Travel expenses will be paid for by the University (Note: MAGS '21 will be virtual). If selected as a finalist at MAGS, travel expenses will be paid for by the University to national level competition at the Council of Graduate Schools in December '21.
Runner-up will receive a plaque.
People's Choice will receive a plaque.